Erika Hingst-Zaher

Erika Hingst-Zaher
Instituto Butantan | butanan · Museu Biologico

PhD

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Introduction
Researcher at Instituto Butantan interested in vertebrate zoology and ecology, as well as science dissemination and outreach. Works on taxonomy of mammals, morphometrics and morphology and its application to the evolution of vertebrates, as well as biodiversity inventories, monitoring, and conservation related to human health.
Additional affiliations
June 2010 - present
Instituto Butantan
Position
  • Researcher
February 2001 - September 2006
University of São Paulo
Position
  • Researcher
Description
  • in charge of the Lab of Morphometrics with research focusing mostly on vertebrates and evolution of shape.
Education
February 1992 - December 1996
July 1985 - December 1991
Federal University of Rio de Janeiro
Field of study
  • Bachelor's degree in Biology

Publications

Publications (63)
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The Common Potoo Nyctibius griseus is abundant, charismatic and generally considered to be sedentary across its range. Using citizen science data from eBird and WikiAves, we demonstrate that the Common Potoo may be a partial migrant whose breeding populations depart southeastern Brazil, Uruguay and northern Argentina in May to August during the reg...
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The role of natural selection in the evolution of trait complexity can be characterized by testing hypothesized links between complex forms and their functions across species. Predatory venoms are composed of multiple proteins that collectively function to incapacitate prey. Venom complexity fluctuates over evolutionary timescales, with apparent in...
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Purple Martins (Progne subis) are Neotropical migratory birds that breed across North America and spend their nonbreeding season in South America, primarily Brazil. They have been in a long-term population decline over the last five decades. There are several suggested causes for the decline, but to begin understanding the conservation needs of thi...
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Citizen science is the interaction of the non-academic community in scientific studies, often extended to collaborative platforms. We analyzed 168 photographs shared in a Brazilian citizen science platform to understand the feeding interactions between birds and snakes in Brazil, comparing our findings to published data. We searched for patterns in...
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The taxonomy of the South American river dolphins of the genus Inia has been a focus of intense debate. While traditionally it is thought to be composed of a single species with three geographically structured subspecies (Inia geoffrensis geoffrensis, I. g. humboldtiana, and I. g. boliviensis), recent molecular studies have highlighted substantial...
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Opossums in the tribe Didelphini are resistant to pit viper venoms and are hypothesized to be coevolving with venomous snakes. Specifically, a protein involved in blood clotting (von Willebrand Factor, which is targeted by snake venom C-type Lectins, or CTLs), has been found to undergo rapid adaptive evolution in Didelphini. Several unique amino ac...
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The avian nasal mites are a group of Mesostigmata, belonging to the family Rhinonyssidae, Trouessart, 1895, obligate endoparasites of the respiratory system of birds. In Brazil, seven of the eight genera of this family have been recorded. After examining the Acarological Collection of the Instituto Butantan, the species Rallinyssus gallinulae Fain,...
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Mites of the family Melicharidae comprise 13 genera and 220 species often associated with edaphic environments and found in association with insects, birds and mammals. Two genera, Proctolaelaps and Tropicoseius, have been recorded in Brazil in association with birds and bromeliads. In this study, we add new locality and host-association records fo...
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This guide brings ideas and concepts to inspire infrastructure designs for birdwatching inlcuding; towers, walkways, feeders, and blinds, as well as informational structures like websites, species lists, guides, and informational boards. Birdwatching is a hobby that brings together science, education, conservation, and ecotourism. As a form of wild...
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Affectively rated image databases have their main application in studies that require inducing distinct stimuli on subjects. Widespread databases are designed to cover a broad range of stimuli, from negative to positive (valence), and relaxed to excited (arousal). The availability of narrow domain databases, designed to cover and thoroughly analyze...
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Concebido como um manual de campo, essa obra destina-se a técnicos, pesquisadores, estudantes e interessados em conhecer e identificar mamíferos da Mata Atlântica a partir de material osteológico, e permite também o estudo da anatomia craniana. Em suas 166 pranchas encontram-se representados 147 gêneros, com informações sobre as ordens e famílias....
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Purple Martins (Progne subis) are insectivorous birds that spend their breeding season in North America before migrating to South America, where they molt. Many individuals migrate to the Amazon basin, a region of high mercury (Hg) contamination, which raises the possibility that observed declines in Purple Martins could be linked to mercury exposu...
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Chiggers of the genus Parasecia Loomis parasitize birds, mammals, and reptiles in the Nearctic and Neotropical regions. In the present review, we examined 18 species previously included in the genus, 15 of them being retained in the genus Parasecia, one genus is created, Nahuacarus bulbocalcar n. gen. (Trombidiformes: Trombiculidae), and new combin...
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Urban green areas are an important instrument for the conservation of wildlife. However, urban habitats are fragmented and often isolated, resulting in a decline in species richness. Faunistic inventories in urban green areas significantly increase the knowledge on biodiversity and contribute to the understanding about impacts of habitat loss and f...
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Opossums in the clade Didelphini are well known to be resistant to snake venom due to endogenous circulating inhibitors which target metalloproteinases and phospholipases. However, the mechanisms through which these opossums cope with a variety of other damaging venom proteins are unknown. A protein involved in blood clotting (von Willebrand Factor...
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The genus Eutrombicula comprises ca. 80 species worldwide, some of which have been reported as causative agents of severe irritation to the host’s skin, known as trombiculiasis. Six species of Eutrombicula have been recorded from Brazil until present, with two reports of humans as hosts. In this study, Eutrombicula tinami (Oudemans) is redescribed...
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Para estudos etológicos é necessária a identificação individual de cada indivíduo do grupo. Algumas espécies de primatas possuem pouca variação interespecífica de coloração, impossibilitando seu reconhecimento individualizado. Apesar da marcação ser amplamente utilizada nestes casos, há poucos protocolos disponíveis em revistas especializadas. Sagu...
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O Brasil possui uma das maiores riquezas de mamíferos do mundo, com mais de 700 espécies reconhecidas, pertencentes a 12 ordens. O processo de avaliação do estado de conservação dos mamíferos brasileiros contou com a participação de quatro Centros de Pesquisa e Conservação do Instituto Chico Mendes: Centro Nacional de Pesquisa e Conservação de Mamí...
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We present some aspects of the origin and use of stained glass in architecture, as well as the first examples of this art in Brazil, both for decorative purposes and for science communication. We also discuss the study of plant species in the context of popular medicine, how it relates to the history of Botany as a scientific discipline, and the ro...
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In the Neotropical region the genus Quadraseta Brennan, 1970, includes 14 species, with ectoparasitic habits during the larval stage. Quadraseta brasiliensis Goff and Gettinger, 1989, was described from larvae collected on the rodent Hylaeamys megacephalus (Fisher), cited as Oryzomys capito (Olfers). According to these authors, the holotype was dep...
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Micrurus surinamensis is an aquatic member of the genus Micrurus. This species is known for its highly specialized venom and distinctive diet, mostly made of aquatic vertebrates. Here, we explore both external (head and body) and skull shape morphologies in M. surinamensis, comparing it with two terrestrial species of the genus (M. lemniscatus and...
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This book is a scientific dissemination work, focusing on children. Here we tell the story of the Biological Museum of the Butantan Institute, a centenary research institution in Brazil, famous for its studies with venomous snakes and the manufacture of serums and vaccines. We list natural history informations about some snakes species that can be...
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Abrawayaomys is a genus endemic to the Atlantic Forest with unique craniodental attributes within the radiation of sigmodontine rodents. Recent data hypothesized the existence of 2 species of Abrawayaomys, namely A. ruschii (from the Brazilian states of Espírito Santo, Rio de Janeiro, and São Paulo) and A. chebezi (from the Argentinean province of...
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Neotropical “goo-eating” dipsadine snakes display a set of morphological and histo-chemical adaptations linked to the capture of their soft-bodied, viscous invertebrate prey. Within this group, species from the genus Sibynomorphus feed chiefly on snails and slugs. Here, we analyzed a series of skull and mandible characters in S. mikanii, S. neuwied...
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Rhamdiopsis krugi is a highly specialized troglobitic (exclusively subterranean) catfish from phreatic water bodies of caves located within two separated metasedimentary basins in the region of Chapada Diamantina, Bahia state, Brazil. In order to test the hypothesis of isolation with differentiation of the groups from the Una-Utinga and Irecê metas...
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The study discusses the actions of scientific dissemination initiated at Instituto Butantan by its first director, Vital Brazil Mineiro de Campanha, focusing mainly on the practice of exchanging snake specimens by antivenin serum. We present how the dissemination of the institution's scientific activities functioned as an effective way to attract t...
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We designate the lectotype and paralectotype for Trombewingia bakeri based on two cotypes of this species deposited in the Acari Collection of the Instituto Butantan in Sao Paulo, Brazil (IBSP). New records of hosts and localities for this species are given here, including more details of its morphology.
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O Instituto Butantan, tradicional instituição de produção de biofármacos, pesquisa científica e difusão do conhecimento, tem procurado ampliar seu atendimento ao público que conta, além de museus, com uma ampla área verde interna para visitação. Nota-se grande potencial na área do Parque do Instituto Butantan para abordagem de temáticas relacionada...
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Patterns of genetic covariance between characters (represented by the covariance matrix G) play an important role in morphological evolution, since they interact with the evolutionary forces acting over populations. They are also expected to influence the patterns expressed in their phenotypic counterparts (P), because of limits imposed by multiple...
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Patterns of genetic covariance between characters (represented by the covariance matrix G) play an important role in morphological evolution, since they interact with the evolutionary forces acting over populations. They are also expected to influence the patterns expressed in their phenotypic counterparts (P), because of limits imposed by multiple...
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Os gambás são mamíferos silvestres bem adaptados a ambientes antrópicos que, por terem hábitos noturnos e escansórios, apresentam grande potencial para gerar conflitos ao dividirem o espaço com o ser humano. Ao introduzirem-se em instalações de energia elétrica, além de correr alto risco de morrerem eletrocutados, podem danificar equipamentos energ...
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The ways in which the taxonomic differences in morphology, behavior or life history relate to each other have been used regularly to test ideas about the selective forces involved in their evolution. Canid species vary significantly in diet, hunting techniques, sociality and cranial morphology. The main goal of this study is to test and explore the...
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Despite the fact that heterochronic processes seem to be an important process determining morphological evolution of the delphinid skull, previous workers have not found allometric scaling as relevant factor in the differentiation within the genus Sotalia. Here we analyzed the skull ontogeny of the estuarine dolphin S. guianensis and investigate di...
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We analysed mandible shape of the orders Dasyuromorpha, Didelphimorphia, and Carnivora using two-dimensional geometric morphometrics, in order to explore the relationship between shape, size, and phylogeny. We studied 541 specimens, covering most of the genera of the terrestrial Carnivora (115 species) and a wide sample of marsupials (36 species)....
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São Paulo harbors 231 mammal species until now. This is an estimate of its real diversity since many regions of the State continue poorly surveyed, and also reflects the lack of taxonomic work for certain mammal taxa. Nevertheless, our knowledge of the São Paulo mammals has increased in 20% in the last 12 years, especially in relation to bats and r...
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The paper presents a quantitative analyses of the field of mammalogy in Brazil, based on data from the 5th Brazilian Congress of mammalogy held in São Paulo
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Patterns of geographic variation of the canid Cerdocyon thous have historically been obscured by its remarkable intraspecific morphological variability. The observed distribution is highly associated with phytophysiognomy, a feature considered highly dynamic along geological time. In the present study, we tested whether vegetation distribution duri...
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Cerradomys is a monophyletic genus that includes four known species, Cerradomys subflavus, C. maracajuensis, C. marinhus, and C. scotti, distributed throughout the open vegetation belt across South America, from northeastern Brazil to southeastern Bolivia, and from eastern to northwestern Paraguay. We revised the status of the species currently ass...
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The South American fur seal (Arctocephalus australis) is widely distributed, occurring along both the Atlantic and the Pacific coasts of South America. Previous work suggests there may be more than one subspecies, highlighting the need for further study. Here, we combine traditional and geometric morphometric analysis of skull shape and size with g...
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Body shape of four distinct populations of Ancistrus cryptophthalmus from different caves in the São Domingos karst area and the local epigean (surface)Ancistrus species were compared using geometric morphometrics. Angélica and Bezerra catfishes were closer to each other and successively to the studied sample of epigean catfishes than to Passa Três...
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We present a quantitative analysis of sexual dimorphism in the skull of Arctocephalus australis assessed by traditional and geometric morphometrics. Differences in size and shape of skulls of 386 adult males and females of A. australis from Uruguayan and Peruvian populations were analyzed using 15 linear measurements. These differences were also in...
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Atractus albuquerquei Cunha and Nascimento, 1983 was previously known from a holotype from eastern Pará, and 15 specimens from Rondônia and Acre, all in Brazil. We report on 23 additional specimens from the Brazilian states of Rondônia, Goiás, Mato Grosso, and Mato Grosso do Sul. These specimens extend the known range of A. albuquerquei substantial...
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In this paper, we present a new shape analysis approach using the well-known wavelet transform and exploring shape representation by landmarks. First, we describe the approach adopted to represent the landmarks data as parametric signals. Then, we show the relation of the derivatives of Gaussian wavelet transform applied to the signal-to-differenti...
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Sexual dimorphism is an important source of intraspecific variability in biological species, and so virtually all studies in populational or interspecific levels need to take di#erences among males and females into consideration. Here we examine patterns of sexual dimorphism among the sexes in a monophyletic clade formed by the south-american canid...
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We compare shape changes in mandibles of marsupials, represented by 2-dimensional coordinates, using different subsets of landmarks. We show that use of Type III landmarks, often not recommended in geometric morphometric techniques, might permit a better interpretation of shape changes than use of Type I landmarks alone, or a combination of Types I...
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A new species of spiny rat (genus Trinomys) from Porto Seguro, state of Bahia in the Atlantic Forest of Brazil is described based on skin, skull, and bacular characters and mitochondrial cytochrome b gene sequences. The new species is the sister to T. dimidiatus and T. iheringi which forms a monophyletic group together with T. gratiosus. It is diag...
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The existence of sexual dimorphism in Pontoporia blainvillei has long been known, with females being larger than males. However, no study so far has explored this dimorphism separately in its size and shape components. Here we analyse sexual dimorphism present in eight linear measurements of the skulls of 56 specimens (30 females and 26 males) of P...
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Sexual dimorphism is an important source of in- traspecific variability in biological species, and so virtually all studies in populational or interspecific levels need to take dierences among males and fe- males into consideration. Here we examine pat- terns of sexual dimorphism among the sexes in a monophyletic clade formed by the south-american...
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Since the manual on multivariate statistics and morphometrics distributed at the ASM meetings in Rhode Island by Neff and Marcus in 1980 there have been several workshops and symposia on morphometrics of interest to mammalogists. This article introduces the volume of Hystrix published on the workshop on Geometric Morphometrics held during the Euro-...
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Abstract The New World marsupial family Didelphidae is one of the oldest among mammals and is usually regarded as a morphologically conservative group. We analyzed cranial shape variation among six species of the six largest living genera of the family using two-dimensional landmark data. We captured and digitized video images of the skull and mand...
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Abstract Statistical analyses of geometric morphometric data have been generally restricted to the Euclidean space tangent to curved shape space. This approach is based on the knowledge that such an approximation does not affect statistical and biological conclusions, when differences among specimens' shapes are not too large. We examined the...
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Abstract We analyzed ontogenetic patterns of landmarks for 169 laboratory-raised specimens of Calomys expulsus, at 0, 5, 10, 20, 30, 50, 100, 200, and 300 days of age, using two-dimensional geometric morphometrics. There is sexual dimorphism in size, with males smaller than females at earlier ages, but larger after 50 days. Differences in shape bet...
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Since the manual on multivariate statistics and morphometrics distributed at the ASM meetings in Rhode Island by Neff and Marcus in 1980 there have been several workshops and symposia on morphometrics of interest to mammalogists. This article introduces the volume of Hystrix published on the workshop on Geometric Morphometrics held during the Euro-...
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Data on the reproductive biology and laboratory management of Philander frenata are presented here. Sensory contact before pairing increased breeding success and reduced aggression between pairs. Gestation period was 13-14 days, with a post-lactation oestrous. Births occurred only between August and February. Mean litter size at birth and at weanin...
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In July, 1995 we conducted a field expedition to collect small mammals at the Fazenda Canoas, municipality of Juramento, MG, Brazil. The area is located in a caatinga-cerrado contact with arboreal caatinga as its main vegetation type. Twelve species of rodents and marsupials were collected, totalling 117 individuals and a trapping success of 18.14%...
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Variation of body mass, size of head and body, tail, and developmental traits were observed during the life of Philander opossum reared in laboratory in order to establish a method for age estimation. The morphometric data were fitted empirically to a exponential curve, for the pre-weaning phase, and to a logarithmic curve, for the post-weaning pha...

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Emerging infectious diseases in humans are often caused by viruses present in vertebrates, and it is becoming increasingly clear that zoonotic disease outbreaks pose an enormous challenge to global health and safety at all levels. With increasing globalization and urbanization, zoonoses pose a major risk to public health and the economy. This project intends to establish a National Epidemiological Surveillance Network for SARS-COV-2 Coronavirus and other Emerging Pathogens in Bats, Birds and other Wild Reservoirs to detect and analyze in different Brazilian regions (Amazon, Northeast, Pantanal, Atlantic Forest, Lagoa do Peixe and Extremo Sul do País) viruses with emergency potential for humans, such as Coronavirus and Influenza viruses present in bats, birds and other wild mammals, relating their emerging potential to habitat loss, proximity to human populations and the biology of the species involved. The objective is to understand the ecoepidemiological characteristics of SARS-COV-2 and other viruses of zoonotic potential in birds and bats, and the interrelationships between the biology and ecology of the hosts and the prevalence and diversity of the viruses.
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Our purpose is to understand the eco-epidemiological characteristics of SARS-COV-2 and other viruses of zoonotic potential in wild animals